As Catholics, we are called to advocate, through prayer and action, for the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. Under the direction and guidance of the Diocese, the Respect Life Ministry works fervently to raise awareness and advocate for the sanctity of life with different events and activities throughout the year.
We invite you to learn more and get involved in The Gabriel Project, this beautiful ministry provides pregnancy and maternal care to those in need.
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On March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Church celebrates the anniversary of the prophetic papal encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) published in 1995. This document, written by Pope St. John Paul II, reaffirmed the Church’s constant teaching on the value and inviolability of every human life.
Our parish is joining a nationwide effort entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” This is an opportunity to assess, expand and better communicate resources and assistance to pregnant moms and families in need at the local level. In light of current events, SJV is adjusting our schedule for the Year of Service according to what is pastorally and practically appropriate for everyone’s safety. In the meantime, we can still pray, wherever we are, that this Year of Service will help us increase our outreach, so that every pregnant and parenting mother in need may know she can turn to her local Catholic community for help and authentic friendship.
A Prayer for Pregnant Mothers
O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.
Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.
Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.* Amen.
* Cf. Evangelium vitae 105 © Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City. Adapted with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. Excerpted with permission. Copyright © 2020, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.
Join us in praying that, during Respect Life Month and going forward, our resolve will be strengthened to cherish and protect the gift of every human life, and that God grants us the wisdom and courage to lovingly protect His gift of human life at every stage from conception until natural death.
If you cannot join our volunteers, please remember them and all individuals whose lives they touch in your prayers. God always responds to prayers of praise, thanksgiving and petition. We hope that you will join us as we pray for the safety of unborn children and their families.